Building Guitar Technique through Triads
This lab uses the original George Van Eps method for guitar. The student is rigorously involved in developing a triad-oriented approach to the finger board. Topics covered include harmonized scales and scale patterns, melodized triads, and free improvisations. Strong emphasis on correct technique for both right and left hands.
Polyrhythms for Guitar 2
This is a continuation of ILGT-269 (rhythmic displacement in comping and soloing by the use of polyrhythms and polymeters).
The Linear Style of Pat Martino: Approaches to Jazz Improvisation
Instrumental lab for guitar principals emphasizing performance in the style of Pat Martino. Study of études and line studies as preparation for performing transcribed solos. Application of linear concepts to improvisation.
Wes Montgomery Lab
Study and performance of the guitar playing style of Wes Montgomery through recordings and transcribed solos featuring Montgomery's own fingerings, phrasing, etc. Focus on the artist's blues and swing feel, spontaneous improvisation, and individuality.
Show/Theater Guitar Lab
Performance and study of guitar books from Broadway shows, night clubs, and recording sessions.
Contemporary Sight-Reading Skills for Guitarists
A sight-reading class for guitarists utilizing modern music in funk and jazz styles. The class will be based on a working guitarist's skills necessary to function in practical playing situations. Drills will utilize play-along recordings where class members will have to add parts on the spot. Guitar ensemble material will also be used to gain ensemble, phrasing, and intonation skills, as well as big band charts reading lines, comping chords, and improvising.
Introduction to Timpani
Emphasis on intervallic recognition, setting the pitch, tone concepts, rolls, dynamics, and sticking. Performance of two timpani études.
Concert Snare Drum Techniques
Technique, interpretation, and practical use of the snare drum in a solo context.
Advanced Drum Rudiments 1
A study of the 26 American rudiments, the Swiss rudiments, and their variations. Application of rudimental vocabulary to successful performance of solo études, including Wilcoxon's Modern Swing Solos.
Drum Set Basics
Development of fundamental snare drum studies including grip, sticking, sticking patterns, rhythmic studies, reading, and rudimental studies. Drum set grooves and techniques will be introduced as well.
Jazz Drum Set Fundamentals
Continued orchestral and rudimental snare drum studies along with drum set time and improvisational skills utilizing 12- and 32-measure tune forms primarily in the jazz context, including the use of brushes.
Snare Drum Techniques for the Drum Set Principal
Study of snare drum performance techniques and reading of constant odd meters, changing meters, polyrhythms over one and two beats, and metric modulation.